Module 10: Hydropower for Agriculture

Learning Module Information

  • Estimated Lecture Hours: 2
  • Lab Hours: 1 (discussion and group activities)
  • Format: PowerPoint

 Learning Objectives

  • Illustrate the hydrologic cycle and describe how hydropower uses the gravitational force of flowing and falling water to produce electricity.
  • Critique current issues regarding large-scale hydropower and enumerate the main environmental, remedy economic and ‘logistical’ benefits of micro-hydropower (systems under 100 kW).
  • Describe and identify main system components, and terms and processes.
  • Identify agricultural applications of micro-hydropower and explain energy storage and delivery options.
  • Estimate head and flow of potential hydropower sites using a sight level and the Weir Method.
  • Design a theoretical system using recycled parts and their knowledge of the necessary mechanics of a functioning micro-hydropower system.
  • Explain pumped storage systems as a way to enhance other renewable energy technologies.

Topics Covered

  • Hydrologic cycle
  • Current issues in hydropower
  • System components of hydropower
  • Applications of hydropower in agriculture
  • System design
  • Pumped storage systems


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